Just when it seemed that the 2016 presidential election could get no more convoluted or non-traditional, former President Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch conspired to make matters even worse by meeting privately on an airplane parked on a tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this week.
The Lynch-Clinton plane rendezvous ignited a fierce firestorm of outrage because, as the nation’s Attorney General, Lynch was expected to be pivotal in deciding whether Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democrat party presidential nominee and Bill Clinton’s wife, would face federal indictment related to email and other security procedures conducted while Mrs. Clinton served as Secretary of State.
To say that the Lynch-Bubba get together cast severe doubts about the ability of the Justice Department to conduct its business in an unbiased, fair manner would be a spectacular understatement.
Folks from both ends of the political spectrum demanded a greater measure of transparency and professional judgment.
In response to intense pressure, AG Lynch acted as reported:
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced on Friday that she would accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case.
The Justice Department had been moving toward such an arrangement for months — officials said in April that it was being considered — but a private meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week set off a political furor and made the decision all but inevitable.
The big question hanging over the Attorney General and the Clintons: Does Lynch’s assurance, sans a formal recusal, go far enough in this the most biter, divisive, and combative political campaign in recent memory?
John W. Lillpop
Pine Grove, California